You’ve been tasked with finding a venue for a really important meeting, taking clients out for a bit of schmoozing or the next office party. You’re in a panic, you’ve no idea where to start and my golly you really don’t want to upset the ‘Big Boss’ by suggesting the pub that’s conveniently located near Waterloo station (which is the only place you can think of, ‘coz hey, who doesn’t like cheap wine?).
It’s ok, take a deep breath, we’ve chosen some of the best venues that you can keep in your arsenal for these exact situations. So when you need a list in the next 5 minutes, you can reel off a couple of these beauties.
You can thank us later.
1. F1 Arcade, Bank
Introducing F1 Arcade, the one and only official F1 competitive-socialising experience in the world, giving everyone the chance to race the official Grand Prix circuits from around the globe. The premium experience takes inspiration from the glitz and glamour of the F1 circuit, with a sleek venue design paired with world-class food and drink offerings to make the experience the hottest ticket in town. The Briefing Room is a unique private event space boasting striking views of St Paul’s Cathedral. A bright, colourful, fully private lounge with a menu inspired by an array of global flavours, an exclusive champagne bar and private use of eight-immersive racing simulators as well as your own dedicated team. This space is perfect for an unforgettable dining experience.
2. Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, Clerkenwell
Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings is a stunning multi-faceted clubhouse in the heart of Clerkenwell offering brunch, lunch, cocktails, dinner and dancing. The Greenhouse is light and airy, mixing faded grandeur with lush greenery, making it one of the most Instagram-worthy venues in London. Sunny and bright during the day, the Greenhouse springs to life at night, as low lighting from the festoons streams through the palms, casting shadows against the white-washed walls. Beautiful and atmospheric, the Greenhouse provides a stunning setting for private dining parties, catering for up to 22 guests.
3. Gymkhana, Mayfair
Gymkhana, located in Mayfair, is inspired by Indian gymkhana clubs, where members of high society socialize, dine, drink, and play sport. The restaurant serves contemporary Indian cuisine using seasonal British ingredients with a strong focus on the tandoor and chatpatta sharing dishes. The bars at Gymkhana specialize in a collection of Club Cocktails, which showcase the finest Indian ingredients and flavor combinations, offering a modern Indian interpretation on renowned classics. Gymkhana was awarded a Michelin star in 2014. Their Private Vaults seat up to 12 guests in luxury. The dining room has a small entrance at the back of the venue leading through to a separate space for your guests that benefit from the atmosphere in the main restaurant.
Barge East is an impressive bar & kitchen based upon a historic 120-year-old Dutch Barge. Rated #1 on TripAdvisor in 2019 & 2020, it offers a unique venue that won’t be forgotten. With a capacity of 120, it resides next to a beautiful outdoor garden & bar, and can accommodate parties in all weather with a bright canopy in between. Barge East has a downstairs intimate dining space and bar for 50 people & a captain’s cabin dining space for 10. Found in the heart of Stratford, this is a great venue to hire for any corporate event.
Nestled in the heart of Fitzrovia, Meraki offers the heart and warmth of the Mediterranean, with a wealth of experience in creating exquisite dining experiences for groups and events. Their signature ‘Caves’ are ideal for intimate get-togethers and private dinner celebrations, with a Greek, sharing style concept. Meraki is sure to impress with its unique dining experience.
Pantechnicon is the home of Nordic & Japanese creativity and craftsmanship. Located in a striking grade-II listed building on Motcomb Street in Belgravia, the grand exterior gives way to a relaxed yet dynamic interior. Their secret private dining room, Sachi, hidden behind Japanese-inspired screens, creates a cosy and intimate experience. This space can accommodate up to 20 guests on one single table or up to 24 guests across 3 different tables. Ideal for special celebrations, birthday dinners, or work meals. This is an impressive space to be tucked away in while enjoying food from their kitchen and sushi counter.
7. Trafalgar St James, The Rooftop Room
The Rooftop Room is perfect for hosting your very own private dining experience, whether it be a client lunch or an intimate dinner party. It can accommodate up to 16 people seated or 25 standing. Breathtaking views go without saying. Subtle Art Deco design notes evoke the glamour of travel’s golden age, while tactile furnishings and playful ornamentation create a perfect playground.
Remember, the key to impressing your boss isn’t just about finding a venue with great food and a great atmosphere – it’s also about finding a venue that offers something a little bit different. And with these venues, you’re sure to do just that.
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